HNSA’s podcast Imagining the Past is back for a special Summertime Series in 2023.
Our next episode features HNSNA Chair Jenny Quinlan in conversation with Kate Forsyth and Kate Quinn.
Originally recorded as part of the HNSA 2021 Conference, Quinn and Forsyth discuss what draws them to a particular era of history, the challenges faced in their research, and whether they are influenced by the market in selecting an historical period for their next book.
Jenny Quinlan is an independent editor and cover designer specializing in historical fiction. As the founder of Historical Editorial, she has helped hundreds of authors achieve their publishing goals and now manages a team of dedicated editors. She earned a degree in history from Virginia Tech and a copyediting certification from the University of California San Diego. Jenny serves as Chair of the Historical Novel Society North America Conference.
Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel aged seven, and has sold more than a million copies since. Her novels include The Blue Rose, a story of impossible love set in Revolutionary France and Imperial China; Beauty in Thorns, a reimagining of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ set amongst the passions and scandals of the Pre-Raphaelites; Bitter Greens, a reimagining of ‘Rapunzel’ which won the 2015 ALA Award for Best Historical Fiction; and The Wild Girl, the story of the forbidden romance behind the Grimm brothers’ famous fairy tales. Kate also has a doctorate in fairy tale studies and is an accredited master storyteller. Kate is the HNSAustralasia Patron.
Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with The Alice Network, The Huntress, and The Rose Code. All have been translated into multiple languages. Kate and her husband now live in San Diego with three rescue dogs.